Sunday, January 13, 2019

catching up with myself, sort of

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       YO! I am trying to keep up with myself and not listen to the news too much and enjoy my hermit days when they happen -- like yesterday. It's wet outside, some snow, some rain, and who knows what something will happen during the night.  I hope everyone is safe and sane and staying positive in this new year. Today I'm simply sharing some moments from the past three weeks. Then next week I will do more of the Maine photos.
      To begin, a few snow photos from Colorado, in the mountains, where everyone is eager for measurable snowfall: 

tracks and shadows

Christmas gift -- a robot by remote

Can you find the same girl at a table in this restaurant? With my empty seat beside her?
Also on the balcony, besides myself -- a very unique chess board!

Back in Kentucky, stove-top shadows and patterns, thanks to Nik and Hannah -- bravo!!

Lexington, Kentucky had an arts display this fall of outdoor benches decorated with a book in mind -- this bench was inspired by a book by George Ella Lyon. I knew about the bench but I didn't know where it was. I found its more permanent location totally by accident, near the entrance to the Carnegie Literacy Center! It is based on her book What Forest Knows, illustrated by August Hall.  George Ella, when you see this post, could you please send a comment here to tell who the Lexington artist is?  I keep forgetting to tell you that I found "your" bench, in December!

I love the bird in the opening and the dog under the bench!


       Back home, I visited Sandy, and all those guineas came to visit at the same time!  There must have been a lot of news to catch up on.... Thanks, Sandy, for sharing your photo here.

I hope you have a good catch-up to share stories with someone, soon. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

a rare sun day today, do my photos shine?

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           Welcome to the new year!  In honor of this annual new beginning, I guess I need to say one thing I hope for -- which are breakthroughs for our nation.  The variety of backgrounds newly representing us in the Congress is a hopeful sign. So is increased scrutiny of the impetuous and irresponsible behavior of folks in leadership positions in America. We could be so much stronger. We could be less afraid that we will run out of clean water and clean air future generations will need. We could make education a priority, so kids can be all they can be and not held back. (Kentucky, thanks to hard work and persistence by advocates, now has a law requiring that schools provide appropriate learning experiences for kids whose brains are excellent except they learn differently, such as experienced with dyslexia. Even small steps forward contribute to the greater good.) We each could and must learn to think independently from the herd and from what defies common sense. 

         Then there's the fact that I'm still having beginner's missteps 'twixt blog and my new laptop. So I decided at the least to test the technical quality of my photos, which seem to look a lot sharper on the new laptop! Can this be really so? Well, I've chosen some fun ones to test it out. Here goes:

Jamie gathering the bails of hay

Natalee, my neighbor and friend, is patient during a photo shoot at her grandmother's house.

A favorite cousin camp moment, at the pond, in honor of Eric starting a new job tomorrow as Solicitor General of Colorado! May you never lose sight of the family sense of humor!

with Mariko, and two of her friends, near Rennes, where they live, in France

mother and daughter, same place in France, very good sports about my taking a photo, though I do speak French

grandmother and granddaughter, first bottle

The meat's alike on the inside.

a child, during a demonstration, in Morehead

an artist with an amazing story and talent, at his exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, in Morehead

Wilkerson cousins, revisiting some childhood summers, in Vermont

on land, nearby the boats

maybe cousins, here in Kentucky?

I love discovering where pileated woodpeckers hang out.

I hope these photos look fine. I am grateful to be able to share them with you.  Thanks, Ann

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Finally, the photos meant for last week's post!

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       After returning home, from Colorado, I finally had two computers to work with in order to access the photos I planned to share.  Hello to all my patient viewers and to anyone else who visits my blog.  I certainly hope that the new laptop is soon as trusty and familiar as the old one I am having to let go. I also hope there have been good moments for everyone this month.  I pray in my way that there is more kindness in the new year, more thinking outside the box for problems that don't seem to have an obvious solution, and more true humor. As much as ever, I love to laugh.

A photo I did as an experiment, to find out what would be in focus, etc.. I was thrilled I'd thought to do it:

 Nutcracker exhibit, items from the Louisville Ballet on display at the Louisville airport:

 the beginning of a ski tradition:

 bird buddies:

helper elf: 

from an annual writers group lunch/feast to celebrate another year of meeting almost every month:

Luckily, sometimes there are humorous gifts that are just right:

and ones that are just beautiful:

Sandy's decorations last year:

from this year, photo by Eric:

Well, that's it for now. Next year, I will do some others -- I should have time by then to figure out how to make some things easier to pull off.... Every year, like in politics, we can hope for better times coming.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

This time of year, over the years, first try

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     This post will be my attempt to highlight moments that, for me, are part of the wonder of this season. Of course there are also long stretches of night darkness in the USA during this time.  But there are, as well, school vacations, family time, and, as in every season, the beauty from the natural world. 
      I also want to give a shout out to those affected by the current hard times we hear about, including the workers caught in the political battle of wills concerning the useless, way too expensive wall. This is costing many thousands of people their salaries and security, so I want to acknowledge that such events happen to real people. There can be real consequences, anywhere, in many variations, when our so-called leaders give in to acting out hissy-fits. 
       I do hope visitors to today's blog post will enjoy sharing with me some of the December moments that have spoken to me during the past five years. 

 Friends -- I am using a new laptop, and there seems to be a different way to access the album I prepared with the [wonderful for today] photos.  And Apple Help is not recognizing my serial number.  Which perhaps I have not registered?? Rather than cry about this, I am just keeping you posted (or not posted, as the case may be) for now.  I will try to figure this out at a later hour, with hopes of breaking through the bad digital dream by then.  My apologies!

Wednesday 12/26/2018
OOOPS, I have tried to find a way into my photo album set for this week's post, but it's not happening.  I will be back home very soon, which will give me more tools to work with to figure out the situation.  SOOOO, for now, I just have to say thanks for trying to reach my post!! And please don't give up on me.  So many thanks, and best wishes to everyone -- Ann

Sunday, December 16, 2018

from the dark of winter, beauty in the ordinary

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       I want to start out with a photo of where the owl sat on this branch (in the middle of the photo) when we had the "visit" I wrote about last week. I remain hopeful that I might  experience another such visit another time.

This is the hill I had walked down on the way to the owl.  The curve at the top is always a bit tricky -- no way to see what is coming from the opposite direction!
       I seem to be unable to resist taking photos even of the ordinary work of home repair!  Despite the cold, wet weather, some faulty cement outside has now been replaced, and a cement mixer even came to the house!  I was somehow thrilled by the experience of looking over the balcony around the second floor (this is not a big house) directly into the mixed cement! 

All is ready.  (Photo by T.)

This is probably pretty ordinary, but I was fascinated even so. I have always been intrigued by the pouring of cement from trucks that carry on circulating while they drive along.
          Well, it is close to Christmas and a good time to share some treasures.  I so enjoyed the beautiful dolls my friend Melva and a friend of hers make. She incorporated several of them into her family tree this year!  I loved seeing them yesterday.  Maybe she will even be able to use a photo of mine for a note card at some later date! But in any case, once again, I can't help taking a photo. For me it's simply a way -- or a habit --  of seeing more closely. 

         I need to finish this post now, but if I find the one photo I am missing tonight, I will add it soon. I wish everyone a safe holiday season, and beauty when you see it or make it.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

more winter photos, guest photographer

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              Rebecca was up early two days ago, took the dogs for a walk before work, and went to some familiar places -- which welcomed them with winter wonders that would soon melt away. Thanks, R, for how open you are to this place on earth that you love. I am very moved by these four photos you took.

    [.... I've decided on a new term:  PIP, i.e. post in progress. . . . ] The first two additions to this post this evening show the prep the day before Morehead University's annual Arts and Crafts Festival  -- with over 100 juried vendors. It felt like it was held earlier than usual since the first Saturday in December this year came on the 1st.

my 10 x 10 space -- thank goodness this is held in the old gym and not outside, because we had a fair amount of rain during the Friday setup time and the Saturday event day. It's always fun to visit with various people who stop by the "booth".  Thanks as ever for your support!!

Fiber artist Jennifer Reis, my friend and former booth-mate, is diagonally across the aisle. She had to work all day so didn't get started on the setting up until later Friday afternoon. Of course, she did a great job, photo to follow:. She shared her booth this year with Dustin, who has taken up broom making!

show in progress, on Saturday

       To wrap up for now, I am sharing two spring photos.  As beautiful as the snow can be, it comes with long dark nights and uncertain road conditions.  I like to be reminded that spring will be here before we know it. I realize it's not yet even officially winter, but I'm very aware that folks in North Carolina and my friend Sue and family in southwest Virginia are having a hard stormy time this weekend, and I wish them well. We seem to be just a bit too far north to have gotten any of it.